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RESIDENTS’ retirement years will be ruined by plans for a brand new sports hall at Eversfield School.

Inhabitants at Fernleigh Court retirement apartments, in Kelvedon Grove, Solihull, claim that constant noise from people using the school out of hours was damaging their quality of life which would worsen now plans for new sports hall and swimming pool, were approved earlier this month.

Inhabitants at Fernleigh Court retirement apartments, in Kelvedon Grove, Solihull, claim that constant noise from people using the school out of hours was damaging their quality of life which would worsen now plans for new sports hall and swimming pool, were approved earlier this month.

Beryl Smith, aged 82, has lived at Fernleigh for 23 years.

“Councillor Potts said at the planning meeting, if you live next to a school, you should expect noise.

“We do and during school hours we enjoy watching them play.

“But last summer, it was absolute bedlam as that field was in constant use.

“We had more noise during the holidays than we expect throughout the whole year.

“We couldn’t even open our windows, it was too loud.”

Betty Burrell, aged 74, only moved in 12 months ago but has considered moving after the plans were approved.

“I suppose I’ll just have to try and live with it now. You feel like you’re letting your family down if you want to move and the flats take so long to sell. With the extra noise it will be impossible.

“We don’t want them to think we’re a bunch of moaning old biddies but it really is a terrible racket.”

Frank Duckett, aged 87, added: “If you have more people here, how can it reduce noise? It will attract more sports players to use surrounding fields when it’s nice weather,

“It’s simply a money-making exercise for the school.”

Debbie Wormald, scheme manager, claimed the school has not made enough efforts to discuss their plans with residents.

“People deserve a bit of peace and quiet in their retirement,” she said.

Silhill councillor and planning committee member Robert Hulland is due to meet Fernleigh’s 39 residents today (Friday) to discuss their fears.

Rob Yates, head of Eversfield School, was unavailable for comment.

 

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